Now that the Chiron has finally broken cover – it seems like a good time to remember the car on which the Bugatti legend is built: the Type 35.
If the little T35 had never won a damn thing, it would still stand as one of the most effortlessly beautiful motor cars ever built, even if pre-War vintage cars aren’t generally your thing. But the fact is, it was almost comically successful in the Roaring Twenties, the decade in which Grand Prix racers really were heroes.
Ettore Bugatti was born in Milan in September 1881, and as a young man swiftly turned his natural talent to the fast evolving machine age, and its most thrilling manifestation: the racing car. By 1921, Bugatti had earned enough success with his Brescia competition model to establish the company as a full-blown constructor. The Type 35 duly arrived in 1924, lithe, purposeful and of course notable for its distinctive horseshoe arched radiator.
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